7 Steps to Help You Organize Your Craft Room

How to Overcome Disorganization in Your Craft Room

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These craft room organization ideas will help keep your workspace clean and uncluttered––and you don't need a big budget or fancy craft organizers to make it work. An orderly environment will help free your mind and allow creativity to flow.

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    Store Frequently Used Items in Plain Sight

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    Keep frequently used craft supplies in plastic boxes or open containers close to your work area and in plain sight. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to complete a craft project and having to stop what you are doing to look for a pair of scissors or that elusive glue gun.

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    Make a Place for Everything

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    Assign special places for all of your papers, craft tools, ribbons, etc. Organize your supplies according to the type of craft they are used for––sewing supplies in one place and painting supplies in another. When you use your craft supplies, always make sure you return them to their assigned spots right away.

    Do not let things pile up. If you store craft supplies in closed boxes or drawers, label them so you don't forget what you put inside. It is much faster to check the outside of marked storage boxes, rather than pulling boxes down from a shelf, opening them, and looking inside.

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    Do It Now

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    "Do it now" should be your new personal mantra. Procrastinators often dread doing uncomfortable tasks, spending more time avoiding doing something than it takes to actually do it. When you "do it now," you save yourself a lot of unnecessary anxiety later.

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    Establish Your Central Command Area

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    A good rule is to establish a central work area––in a craft room, a desk or table works well. This area should be the only place where you get your crafting done. Don’t spread your craft projects all over the house. Clutter makes it that much harder to concentrate on your project. It's also much easier to stay organized when you keep your craft supplies in one room.

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    Spend 15 Minutes a Day Organizing

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    Set your timer for 15 minutes and clean as much as you can in that amount of time. The next day, tackle another small space. If you do a little bit every day, your craft room will eventually be clean and organized.

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    Let Go of Unnecessary Things

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    Don’t be a hoarder. If you have held on to something for more than two years and have never used it, it is time to get rid of it. Throw it away, give it away, or sell it. Craft room organization is a lot easier if you pare down to the essentials.

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    Make a Manageable To-Do List

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    If your craft room is so disorganized that cleaning it feels impossible, make a to-do list with three items a day until the room is completely clean. Play a little game with yourself and make these tasks non-negotiable. You will be surprised at how much you can get done using this approach.